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Revelation, 12 August 1831 [D&C 61]

641

John Whitmer assigned this number to the revelation when recording it in Revelation Book 1.  


Commandment

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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given Aug 12th. 1831 on the Bank of the River Distruction (or Missorie)

One of longest rivers in North America, in excess of 3,000 miles. From headwaters in Montana to confluence with Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri River drains 580,000 square miles (about one-sixth of continental U.S.). Explored by Lewis and Clark...

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unfolding some mysteries &c &c——2

This heading likely did not appear in the original manuscript; John Whitmer likely added it when he copied the revelation into Revelation Book 1.  


Behold & hearken unto the voice of him who hath all power3

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 528 [Mormon 5:23].  


who is from everlasting to everlasting4

See Psalm 90:2.  


even alpha & omega the begining & the end5

See Revelation 1:8; 21:6; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 473–474 [3 Nephi 9:18]; Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:1]; and Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:1].  


Behold verily thuss saith the lord unto you O ye Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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of my Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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who are assembled upon this spot6

A later JS history states that ten elders left Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, with JS. These were likely Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Gilbert, William W. Phelps, Reynolds Cahoon, and Samuel Smith (all mentioned in the revelation); Ezra Booth, Frederick G. Williams, and Peter Whitmer Jr. (mentioned in Booth’s account of the journey); and Joseph Coe (Coe reported arriving in Kirtland, Ohio, on 1 September, the same day that Booth arrived). (JS History, vol. A-1, 142; Ezra Booth, “Mormonism No. VII,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 24 Nov. 1831, [1]; Joseph Coe, Report, 7 Mar. 1832, Missionary Reports, 1831–1900, CHL.)  


whose sins are now forgiven you for I the Lord forgiveth sins7

See Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:42].  


& am mercyfull unto those who confess their sins with humble hearts but verily I say unto you that it is not needfull for this whole company of mine Elders to be moveing swiftly upon the waters whilst the Inhabitants on either sides are perishing in unbelief nevertheless I suffered it that ye might bear record Behold there are many dangers upon the waters & more especially hereafter for I the Lord have decreed in mine anger many distructions upon the waters yea & especially upon these waters nevertheless all flesh is in mine hand8

See Old Testament Revision 1, p. 21 [Moses 6:32].  


he that is faithfull among you shall not perish by the waters wherefore it is expedient that my servent Sidney Gilbert

28 Dec. 1789–29 June 1834. Merchant. Born at New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Eli Gilbert and Lydia Hemingway. Moved to Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; to Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, by Sept. 1818; to Painesville, Geauga Co...

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& my servent William W. Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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be in haste upon their errand & mission9

A July 1831 revelation instructed Gilbert to establish a store in Independence and appointed Phelps a “Printer unto the Church.” According to a 5–7 August letter from Edward Partridge, Gilbert and Phelps were returning to Ohio “to procure the necessaries for their establishments.” (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:8–11]; Edward Partridge, Independence, MO, to Lydia Clisbee Partridge, 5–7 Aug. 1831, [1], Edward Partridge, Letters, 1831–1835, CHL.)  


nevertheless I would not suffer that ye should part untill you are chastened for all your sins that you might be one10

See Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:27].  


that you might not perish in wickedness but now verily I say it [p. 101]
641

John Whitmer assigned this number to the revelation when recording it in Revelation Book 1.  


Commandment

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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given Aug 12th. 1831  on the Bank of the River Distruction (or Missorie)

One of longest rivers in North America, in excess of 3,000 miles. From headwaters in Montana to confluence with Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri River drains 580,000 square miles (about one-sixth of continental U.S.). Explored by Lewis and Clark...

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unfolding  some mysteries &c &c——2

This heading likely did not appear in the original manuscript; John Whitmer likely added it when he copied the revelation into Revelation Book 1.  


Behold & hearken unto him the voice of him who hath all power3

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 528 [Mormon 5:23].  


who is  from everlasting to everlasting4

See Psalm 90:2.  


even alpha & omega the begining & the  end5

See Revelation 1:8; 21:6; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 473–474 [3 Nephi 9:18]; Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:1]; and Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:1].  


Behold verily thuss saith the lord unto you O ye Elders

A male leader in the church generally; an ecclesiastical and priesthood office or one holding that office; a proselytizing missionary. The Book of Mormon explained that elders ordained priests and teachers and administered “the flesh and blood of Christ unto...

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of my  Church

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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who are assembled upon this spot6

A later JS history states that ten elders left Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, with JS. These were likely Sidney Rigdon, Oliver Cowdery, Sidney Gilbert, William W. Phelps, Reynolds Cahoon, and Samuel Smith (all mentioned in the revelation); Ezra Booth, Frederick G. Williams, and Peter Whitmer Jr. (mentioned in Booth’s account of the journey); and Joseph Coe (Coe reported arriving in Kirtland, Ohio, on 1 September, the same day that Booth arrived). (JS History, vol. A-1, 142; Ezra Booth, “Mormonism No. VII,” Ohio Star [Ravenna], 24 Nov. 1831, [1]; Joseph Coe, Report, 7 Mar. 1832, Missionary Reports, 1831–1900, CHL.)  


whose sins are now forgiven  you for I the Lord forgiveth sins7

See Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:42].  


& am mercyfull unto those who confess  their sins with humble hearts but verily I say unto you that it is not  needfull for this whole company of mine Elders to be moveing swiftly  upon the waters whilst the Inhabitants on either sides are perishing  in unbelief nevertheless I suffered it that ye might bear record Behold  there are many dangers upon the waters & more especially hereafte r for I the Lord have decreed in mine anger many distructions  upon the waters yea & especially upon these waters nevertheless  all flesh is in mine hand8

See Old Testament Revision 1, p. 21 [Moses 6:32].  


he that is faithfull among you shall  not perish by the waters wherefore it is expedient that my servent  Sidney Gilbert

28 Dec. 1789–29 June 1834. Merchant. Born at New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Eli Gilbert and Lydia Hemingway. Moved to Huntington, Fairfield Co., Connecticut; to Monroe, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, by Sept. 1818; to Painesville, Geauga Co...

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& <my servent> William [W.] Phelps

17 Feb. 1792–7 Mar. 1872. Writer, teacher, printer, newspaper editor, publisher, postmaster, lawyer. Born at Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey. Son of Enon Phelps and Mehitabel Goldsmith. Moved to Homer, Cortland Co., New York, 1800. Married Sally Waterman,...

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be in haste upon their errand  & mission9

A July 1831 revelation instructed Gilbert to establish a store in Independence and appointed Phelps a “Printer unto the Church.” According to a 5–7 August letter from Edward Partridge, Gilbert and Phelps were returning to Ohio “to procure the necessaries for their establishments.” (Revelation, 20 July 1831 [D&C 57:8–11]; Edward Partridge, Independence, MO, to Lydia Clisbee Partridge, 5–7 Aug. 1831, [1], Edward Partridge, Letters, 1831–1835, CHL.)  


nevertheless I would not suffer that ye should part  untill ye you are chastened for all your sins that you might be one10

See Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:27].  


 that you might not perish in wickedness but now verily I say it [p. 101]
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Revelation, Bank of the Missouri River

One of longest rivers in North America, in excess of 3,000 miles. From headwaters in Montana to confluence with Mississippi River near St. Louis, Missouri River drains 580,000 square miles (about one-sixth of continental U.S.). Explored by Lewis and Clark...

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[at McIlwaine’s Bend], MO, 12 Aug. 1831. Featured version copied [ca. Sept. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, pp. 101–103; handwriting of John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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; CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.

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